Skip to main content

Full text of "Long Lance"

See other formats


our braves? who were six feet and over; and they
had large heads and short legs; their clothes were
different—-no feathers—and they were camping
In teepees made of dried grass matting. Their
faces were not as dark and red as ours.

When they saw us they did not act like other
Indians: they smiled and looked friendly right
away. And their children did not stand around
aloof and look stolidly at us as the 'stranger
Indians' on the plains did; they came right up to
us and began talking to us, though we could not
understand them.

Our chief started talking to them in the sign
language, but one of their men who seemed to be
a chief waved that he did not understand that
language. But he went into a teepee and came
out with a crippled fellow—he had a bent leg—
and he led him up to our chief and motioned with
his hands for him to talk again. This fellow
understood the sign language. He said that this
was the camp of the Shuswap tribe, but that he
himself was a Kootenay who had married one of
their women, and that was why he could speak
the sign language. The Kootenays were our
enemies whom we had fought many times.

We did not have to tell him that we were
Blackfeet from the plains; for he told that by our
moccasins, which had separate soles on them un-
like the mountain Indians, and he also noticed